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They see me rollin'

They see me rollin’


I’m a sucker for gimicky food packaging. Whether it’s a frog with a cap & sneakers selling me Honey “Smacks” or a tub of lychee jellies shaped like a giant panda head, i’ll have it in my cart faster than you can say “product placement.”

So naturally, I had to get this frozen Korean Taco with Tofu, because well…it’s a fricken mini food truck, that’s why. It’s a well known scientific fact that the circus-theme for Barnum’s Animals made the animal crackers contained inside the box yummier. It’s science. 

It's Ron Cadillac!

It’s Ron Cadillac! Frickin’ epic!

Will this tiny food truck deliver the goods? Or will it blow a tire and crash in a firey, tofu-scented disaster?

Surprise, surprise – this ain’t no Kogi. How can a graphic of a piping-hot thermometer advertising hot hot heat levels tell so many lies? The taco was not spicy at all, and was in desperate need of that “overhyped hot sauce that shall not be named.” The veggie/tofu filling had a gingery miso/soy flavor, which wasn’t too bad for what it was. Overall, it tasted like stir fry wrapped in a soggy corn tortilla. 

On the plus side, the taco was successful at triggering a craving for spicy bulgogi and galbi. Since I didn’t have a cook-top or slices of marinated beef lying around (darn meatless Mondays), I settled for spicy buffalo Wheat Thins I had in my desk drawer. Those had more zest than you can shake a taco at.

Taco Libre

Taco Libre

And so, a dark, ominous cloud shadowed over the miniature world of Teenyville. Somewhere there’s a tiny research assistant taking his lunch break at this mini Korean taco food truck; instagramming a snarkly captioned photo of this mediocre Korean tofu taco, #meh. And he’s probably taking the rest of the afternoon off to write an equally snarky review on chibi-Yelp.

These kinda things take time. I should know…

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Feeling lethargic? Need a pick-me-up to lift you out of the afternoon dulldrums?  Coffee is boooooriiing. 5 hour energy? Bleh! Redbull & vodka? Blargh! Since Energon cubes are hard to come by these days, this chia kombucha drink may be the next best thing! 

Synergy Organic & Raw Kombucha Cherry Chia Drink is a blend of kombucha (a mixture of live bacteria and yeast), and chia seeds, which I first heard about in Born to Run. In the book, Christopher McDougall talks about the Tarahumara tribe of Mexico, and how they drank a chia seed concoction to help fuel their long runs. So, much like the Wonder Twins, this kombucha/chia drink has a healthy combo of probiotics, fiber, antioxidants, and omega-3s.

One fun fact on the label is a disclaimer stating: “Due to the natural fermentation, this product may contain a trace amount of alcohol.” With that in mind, the drink has a faintly tart scent that really does remind me of a very light red wine. The thick, viscous texture on the other hand, is similar to aloe drinks or tapioca pudding. I wouldn’t say it goes down smooth — Slimy would be more accurate. It’s like drinking melted jello shooters with the added bonus of giving your mouth a tingly sensation, like a fizzy, carbonated drink. Slimy yet satisfying.

If you’re ever wondering how Juicy Juice might taste like after leaving it next to the radiator for 17 months, you’ve come to the right place. It has a slightly fermented cherry taste with a hint of sweetness. At first it’s disgusting and downright icky, but it became addicting — in a teenager discovering alcohol sorta way. I wouldn’t drink it every day, but I might every now and then…whenever I wanna pretend I’m Peter Venkman getting slimed by a ghost.

Did the drink give me more energy? Surprisingly, there was a spark during my evening run…which I contribute 100% to the idea of the red slime in my belly, giving me a +25 boost against fatigue.  I call him Slimer. He gurgles and I laugh. We’re BFFs now.

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by Bananaketchup

 

15192 D, Fredrick Road
Rockville, MD 20850

Perhaps I’m a bit crazy for wanting frosty bubble tea during these bleak winter months. Nevertheless, the bitter winds won’t stop me from heading out into the cold to satisfy my masochistic cravings. And so I stumbled upon Jumbo Jumbo Café – Asia Taste, thinking: “It must be damn good here, because it repeats itself for extra emphasis…extra emphasis…” I originally planned to get bubble tea and bubble tea only. Of course, I ended up getting an order of Taiwanese chicken to give my lonely cup of bubble tea some company.

The Taiwanese chicken is served street-food style — in a paper bag with a long skewer to use as a utensil and/or World of Warcraft LARP weapon. From a glance, it looked like ordinary chunks of boneless popcorn chicken, but the surprising taste quickly dismissed my doubts. It’s crunchy, juicy, sweet, spicy, salty, and has very distinct Asiany flavors. The basic ingredients are chili, white pepper, and basil, but there was a little kick of something added (MSG?) that made the chicken extra tasty. It was like my tastebuds looked under their chairs and received a shiny new gift from Oprah. Some people say there’s too much breading; I found the meat-to-breading ratio to be just fine. The only downside for me is that the saltiness restrains me from eating tons of the chicken. It really makes you wanna drink more and more bubble tea.

Oh, and speaking of drinks with gelatinous globs of tapioca pearls, the taro bubble tea I had was your standard cup of good bubble tea. Not too sweet, smooth finish, undertones of taro, and the tapioca pearls weren’t too firm or mushy. Nothing home to write about, but seeing as this was the initial focus of the night, my bubble tea-obtaining goals were accomplished enough to warrant a gold star on my report card.

Lessons learned today: 1) Always wear long-johns when going out for a wintery stroll/bubble tea run, and 2) Taiwanese chicken and bubble tea make an awesome snack combo (perfect for a wintery stroll/bubble tea run) that I’ll be enjoying forever. Foreva-eva? Foreva-eva.

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by Bananaketchup

 

I’m tired…nearly chubby-tired. Here I am eating pretzels and M&M’s separately in a ceremoniously inefficient fashion when I could be snacking and building a Lego tower with the greatest of ease…until now. Pretzel M&M’s. They’re real, and they’re spectacular.

As advertised, pretzel M&M’s are indeed crunchy, salty, and sweet. And if this blog were an age-appropriate Mad Lib, I would confidently add yummy to the description list.

A quick dissection of the candy reveals a tiny pretzel ball at the core. Disappointingly, it’s not a conventional twisty-shaped pretzel that’s been miniaturized Honey I Shrunk the Kids style. The technology just isn’t there…yet.

Pretzel M&M’s are not overly chocolatey or pretzely. But make no mistake; these are not bite-sized chocolate pretzels. The algebraically-crafted ratio of chocolate to pretzel, along with the sugary shell, reaffirms the distinct M&M-ness of the candy. Pretzel M&M’s are delicious, and their naturally bite-sized snackiness make them very addicting to eat.

 

With productivity up two-fold, and my Lego tower constructed in all it’s wobbly glory, this salty/sweet combo is a welcomed addition to the M&M family.

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by Bananaketchup

 

November 13th – 14th
DC Convention Center
Washington, DC

This past weekend, DC hosted the Mecca of all foodie events in the area: The Metropolitan Cooking & Entertainment Show. The event showcased a number of product vendors, as well as cooking demos, book signings, and meet & greets with a few notable Food Network celebrities – Paula Dean, Bobby Flay, and Rachel Ray.

Since I didn’t have time to churn a tub of butter, Paula Dean was out of the question. Thankfully, I got to see Bobby Flay instead. Cracking jokes right off the bat regarding his likeness to pale chicken, Flay was very charismatic and engaging throughout his demo. As he cooked, He answered some audience questions, with answers that included his respect for Chipotle burritos, and his views on the changing culinary landscape with the advent of twittering/food blogging. He cited the negatives of haters who only like to talk trash, and the positives of passionate foodies who provide useful info, noting the underground culinary hero, Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond. After Flay’s cooking demo, I was lucky to taste some of his cooking – mashed potatoes w/ queso sauce and roasted seasonal veggies. His over-saturated celebrity status almost made me forget that he actually has remarkable talent as a chef. Well done Flay…well done…

Through the labyrinth of food booths in the exhibit hall, I had fun sampling the products that were showcased, even though there seemed to be a disproportionate amount of BBQ sauce vendors and bakeries selling sweets. A notable product I thought was really good was Zip Sauce, which is essentially a bottled vegetarian jus that you drizzle over meat, veggies, etc. right before serving to add an instant kick of beefy flavor. There were also different cooking gadgets exhibited (mops, graters, non-stick pots and pans) and some oddball products, such as the Super Fit Massage Machine. This miracle invention claims to give a full day’s workout in just a few short minutes a day by shaking your booty like a model in a hip-hop video. The booth brought in a flood of smiling male gawkers and didn’t quite fit into a cooking venue. Hmmm…maybe that’s where the “entertainment” part of the show comes in?

The DC Metro Cooking & Entertainment Show was an enjoyable experience for foodies and non-foodies alike. It may lack the sophistication and focus of more specialized events, but it was a good cross-section of food-related things that appealed to just about everyone who loves to eat and/or cook. I wouldn’t mind coming back next year to try some of the cooking workshops, wine tasting….and challenge Bobby Flay to a spaghetti taco Throwdown.

 

November 13th – 14th

DC Convention Center

Washington, DC

 

This past weekend, DC hosted the Mecca of all foodie events in the area: The Metropolitan Cooking & Entertainment Show. The event showcased a number of product vendors, as well as cooking demos, book signings, and meet & greets with a few notable Food Network celebrities – Paula Dean, Bobby Flay, and Rachel Ray.

 

Since I didn’t have time to churn a tub of butter, Paula Dean was out of the question. Thankfully, I got to see Bobby Flay instead. Cracking jokes right off the bat regarding his likeness to pale chicken, Flay was very charismatic and engaging throughout his demo. As he cooked, He answered some audience questions, with answers that included his respect for Chipotle burritos, and his views on the changing culinary landscape with the advent of twittering/food blogging. He cited the negatives of haters who only like to talk trash, and the positives of passionate foodies who provide useful info, noting the underground cult hero, Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond. After Flay’s cooking demo, I was lucky to taste some of his cooking – mashed potatoes w/ queso sauce and roasted seasonal veggies. His over-saturated celebrity status almost made me forget that he actually has remarkable talent as a chef. Well done Flay…well done…

 

Through the labyrinth of food booths in the exhibit hall, I had fun sampling the products that were showcased, even though there seemed to be a disproportionate amount of BBQ sauce vendors and bakeries selling sweets. A notable product I thought was really good was Zip Sauce, which is essentially a bottled vegetarian jus that you drizzle over meat, veggies, etc. right before serving to add an instant kick of beefy flavor. There were also different cooking gadgets exhibited (mops, graters, non-stick pots and pans) and some oddball products, such as the Super Fit Massage Machine. This miracle invention claims to give a full day’s workout in just a few short minutes a day by shaking your booty like a model in a hip-hop video. The booth brought in a flood of smiling male gawkers and didn’t quite fit into a cooking venue. Hmmm…maybe that’s where the “entertainment” part of the show comes in?

 

The DC Metro Cooking & Entertainment Show was an enjoyable experience for foodies and non-foodies alike. It may lack the sophistication and focus of more specialized events, but it was a good cross-section of food-related things that appealed to just about everyone who loves to eat and/or cook. I wouldn’t mind coming back next year to try some of the cooking workshops, wine tasting….and challenge Bobby Flay to a spaghetti taco Throwdown.

November 13th – 14th
DC Convention Center
Washington, DC

This past weekend, DC hosted the Mecca of all foodie events in the area: The Metropolitan Cooking & Entertainment Show. The event showcased a number of product vendors, as well as cooking demos, book signings, and meet & greets with a few notable Food Network celebrities – Paula Dean, Bobby Flay, and Rachel Ray.

Since I didn’t have time to churn a tub of butter, Paula Dean was out of the question. Thankfully, I got to see Bobby Flay instead. Cracking jokes right off the bat regarding his likeness to pale chicken, Flay was very charismatic and engaging throughout his demo. As he cooked, He answered some audience questions, with answers that included his respect for Chipotle burritos, and his views on the changing culinary landscape with the advent of twittering/food blogging. He cited the negatives of haters who only like to talk trash, and the positives of passionate foodies who provide useful info, noting the underground cult hero, Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond. After Flay’s cooking demo, I was lucky to taste some of his cooking – mashed potatoes w/ queso sauce and roasted seasonal veggies. His over-saturated celebrity status almost made me forget that he actually has remarkable talent as a chef. Well done Flay…well done…

Through the labyrinth of food booths in the exhibit hall, I had fun sampling the products that were showcased, even though there seemed to be a disproportionate amount of BBQ sauce vendors and bakeries selling sweets. A notable product I thought was really good was Zip Sauce, which is essentially a bottled vegetarian jus that you drizzle over meat, veggies, etc. right before serving to add an instant kick of beefy flavor. There were also different cooking gadgets exhibited (mops, graters, non-stick pots and pans) and some oddball products, such as the Super Fit Massage Machine. This miracle invention claims to give a full day’s workout in just a few short minutes a day by shaking your booty like a model in a hip-hop video. The booth brought in a flood of smiling male gawkers and didn’t quite fit into a cooking venue. Hmmm…maybe that’s where the “entertainment” part of the show comes in?

The DC Metro Cooking & Entertainment Show was an enjoyable experience for foodies and non-foodies alike. It may lack the sophistication and focus of more specialized events, but it was a good cross-section of food-related things that appealed to just about everyone who loves to eat and/or cook. I wouldn’t mind coming back next year to try some of the cooking workshops, wine tasting….and challenge Bobby Flay to a spaghetti taco Throwdown!

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by Tondagossa

 

I remember this one time when I was with my friends last year, sitting around discussing crazy bacon-flavored food products.  How did we start talking about that?  No clue.  Among the things that came up during our conversation was bacon salt.  Up until that point, I never heard of such a thing.  And never would I have thought a time would come when this strange seasoning and I would ever cross paths.  Just two desperadoes meeting at high noon to finally settle the score.  It must have been destined to be.  True story.

From the company that produced such hits as Bacon Pop, we have another curiosity- J & D’s Bacon Salt.  It’s a smoky, salty, bacon-flavored seasoning that successfully achieves what it sets out to do: make other things taste a bit like bacon.  I’ve tested it on a few things like peanuts, eggs, and chicken.  Of course, I even tried it by itself just for comparison.  Aside from the smoky natural bacon flavor, paprika and garlic seem the most noticeable out of all the ingredients.  For the most part texture-wise, it’s a bit powdery with larger red chunks of something (my guess: smoke/bacon flavorings, or faerie tears).  I can see how it can be used in place of regular salt, or even other seasoning salts.

And that’s basically what this is – another type of seasoning salt, ready to be called to action when you want throw a changeup at any meal.  I have yet to try it on things like steak or fries.  But I have a really good feeling that it will fit right in with those big leaguers.  Can’t wait to try it in my cooking.  The best part is that, according to the website, it’s “a zero calorie, zero fat, vegetarian and kosher seasoning”.  Less restrictions on who can play The Bacon Game?  Well, that’s just fine in my book.

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by Bananaketchup

 

Eight out of ten Facebook statii agree: The hiatus is over, and the prodigal son has triumphantly returned home. Ladies and gentlemen, the McRib…is back. And this time, not in pog form.

So you may be asking yourself, “Bananaketchie? Whatsa McWib?” Awww, I’m glad you asked little girl! The McRib is a McDonald’s sandwich comprised of a pork-based patty (molded to look like a rack of ribs), tangy BBQ sauce, pickles & onions, and a standard bun made of bread. The mystery meat was moist, with a teensy hint of smoky, grilled taste that will fool your brain into believing you’re eating something that once oinked on a farm.

I don’t know if my palette is more sophisticated now and doesn’t respond to anything but the finest sous-vide fois gras, or if McDonald’s trimmed down the sandwich to conform to the cruel, transfatless society we live in….but something was missing. The McRib just didn’t have enough flavor, as if it needed to be given a hickory flavored hookah pipe to smoke with the Hamburgular or something.

At the end of the day, I left my McRib experience like a high school reunion. Yeah, it was great seeing the homecoming queen again, but she’s not as hot as I remembered…and she slightly reeks of onions. Now if only we can lobby for McDonald’s to release a McRib Double Down – Two McRib patties as the bread, with bacon & cheese as the meat. Ouch, my heart just skipped a beat…or five…

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